Public Policy / Government Relations Articles
House votes to provide money for highway aid, plug hole in veterans' health care budget
The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.
July 29, 2015 – U.S. News & World Report
Senate Committee Passes Two-Year Approval Of Tax Extenders
The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved a number of expired tax provisions for two years with a 23-3 vote.
July 24, 2015 – AgriMarketing
Senate ends logjam over McConnell roads bill
The Senate late Wednesday voted to move forward with a six-year federal highway bill, giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a significant victory even as his legislation encounters stiff opposition from his own party in the House.
July 22, 2015 – The Hill
Renewal of expensing allowance, biofuel incentives advances in Senate
The Senate Finance Committee advanced a two-year extension of a higher Section 179 expensing allowance and tax incentives for wind power and biofuels.
July 21, 2015 – AgriPulse
Highway Bill Deadline Means No Early Recess
After three minutes of railing for reauthorizing the government bank that subsidizes the financing of U.S. exports, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer tugged his ear and sheepishly asked the Republican leader who controls the chamber's schedule a simple, innocent question, in part because 20 of his colleagues had heard rumors and prodded him to ask it: Are we getting out of work early?
July 19, 2015 – National Journal
Driving the Future of Infrastructure: A Thought-Leader Dinner
On July 13, The Hill convened a thought-leader dinner to consider solutions to achieve long-term transportation funding, from policies to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent, to opportunities for public-private investment partnerships, to what can be learned from strategies that have proven successful for solving large-scale issues outside of the transportation sector.
July 13, 2015 – The Hill
U.S. House Republicans unveil $8.1 billion short-term transport bill
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday unveiled an $8.1 billion plan to fund highway and rail transit projects through the end of 2015, paid for by extending an airport security fee increase and various tax rule changes.
July 13, 2015 – Reuters
Foxx hints at highway patch veto
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx hinted Wednesday that President Obama might veto a temporary highway funding extension if Congress passes one this month.
July 8, 2015 – The Hill
Michigan appears ready to increase gas tax
With cherry pies in high demand in Michigan as the summer kicks into high gear, lawmakers there seem to be on a sudden sugar high when it comes to finding money for the state's ailing infrastructure.
July 2, 2015 – Roads & Bridges
Where America's worst roads are - and how much they're costing us
The shoddy state of the nation's roads cost the average driver $515 in extra operation and maintenance costs on their car, according to the latest analysis from TRIP, a national transportation research group.
July 1, 2015 – Washington Post
Six states increasing gas taxes on July 1
Six states are scheduled to increase their gas taxes on July 1 to help pay for transportation projects, according to the Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).
June 29, 2015 – The Hill
Bill Introduced to Make Bonus Depreciation Permanent
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Wednesday introduced legislation to encourage investments and economic growth by making permanent a 50-percent depreciation bonus on new equipment and property purchases. This would allow businesses to deduct half the cost of new purchases immediately, freeing up money for reinvestment to help them grow.
June 25, 2015 – US AgNet
Senate Committee Approves Six-Year $315-Billion Highway Bill
A newly proposed six-year Senate highway bill has won praise as a positive step toward a larger goal: a long-term, fully funded surface- transportation measure. But industry officials acknowledge that the next steps on the legislative path will be uphill, especially finding the tens of billions of dollars needed to pay for the program's envisioned higher funding levels.
June 24, 2015 – Engineering News-Record
Fast-track back before Senate
The Senate is poised to vote a second time on granting President Obama fast-track trade authority.
June 22, 2015 – The Hill
House GOP leader sees gas tax as politically unfeasible
House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarty (R-Calif.) said Monday that a gas tax hike is unlikely to be approved by Congress this year.
June 22, 2015 – The Hill
House Ways & Means Committee to hold long-term highway financing meeting
The House Ways and Means Committee are scheduled to hold a hearing titled, "Long-term financing of the Highway Trust Fund."
June 17, 2015 – Roads & Bridges
Michigan legislators give $400M boost to road construction
Lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a $54.5 billion state budget next year that dedicates $400 million in general revenue to road repairs and delivers an 11 percent cut to state spending on economic development.
June 5, 2015 – Detroit News
How a Decaying Infrastructure Hurts U.S. Manufacturing
Make or buy all that you want in the U.S., but if the transportation system doesn't work, your business will suffer. That's why the U.S. must address the huge problem of decaying infrastructure.
June 4, 2015 – Wall Street Journal
Obama signs short-term highway funding extension
President Obama on Friday signed a two-month extension of highway funding into law, the White House announced in an evening statement.
May 29, 2015 – The Hill
EPA Clean Water Act likely to cause delays in transportation development
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new piece of regulation relating to the Clean Water Act (CWA) that will require additional permitting requirements and could be used as a litigation tool by project opponents, both of which could result in delays to key transportation improvements, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
May 28, 2015 – Roads & Bridges